The yellow recycling bin is collected every two weeks. It is important to check what can be disposed of in the bin as many products are recyclable but are not able to be processed at the recycling facility.
What can go in the yellow bin
- Paper and cardboard– all clean paper, magazines, cardboard, junk mail, newspapers (plastic wrap removed) phone books, paperback and hardcover books
- Metals – aluminium cans, metal tins (lids in the red bin) and aerosols
- Glass – clean glass bottles and jars (the lids in the red bin)
- Plastics – clean hard plastic household containers and bottles (lids in the red bin), and supermarket checkout bags.
A common mistake made with plastic bottles and containers is leaving the tops and lids on.
We advise that you keep recycling:
- Topless – Lids and bottle tops are often made from a different type of plastic and contaminate the recyclable product. Plastic items smaller than an individual yoghurt container often end up as contamination if the glass product is placed in the recycling bin. Remove them and place in the red bin.
- Clean – Food and drink residue contaminate recyclable material. A quick rinse before placing in the recycling bin is greatly appreciated.
- Loose – Plastic bottles and containers are sorted using an optical sorter, which identifies the shape of the product. The recycling plant processes 25 tonnes of material an hour. Sorters are unable to open individual bags of recycling. So keep recycling loose and unsquashed in the bin.
What can't go in your yellow bin
Use the Wheelie Bins App to find out what goes in each bin.